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Talindos steak house, the best-kept secret in Lagos

I have loved steak ever since I lived in Kenya many years ago as a young girl, where nyama choma, meaning “barbecued meat” in Kiswahili, is Kenya’s unofficial national dish. According to doctors,  too much red meat is not the healthiest for you so I try my best to have it moderation.

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Monday was my birthday and I was craving steak and was determined to have some during the week. After asking around for ideal steak houses, I found that the majority of the people I asked had the popular opinion, that Talindo’s steak house was exactly what I was looking for. I had never been, so I thought it would be a good opportunity to check it out. I find it’s not the easiest task to find great quality steak at each place available because grilling steak is a speciality and is best left in hands of those in it.

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Established in 2003, Talindo Steak House has mastered and crafted itself into a major restaurant synonymous with superb and first-class meals, impeccable services and a very specific type of clientele that typically enjoys fine dining. I came to Talindo’s on a Tuesday evening with a woman who I look up to greatly, Uche Uzeobo who is the head of distribution and engagement at SANEF.  SANEF (Shared Agent Network Expansion Facility) is a project powered by the Central Bank of Nigeria, Deposit Money Banks, Nigeria Inter-Bank Settlement Systems, Chartered Institute of Bankers of Nigeria, licensed Mobile Money Operators and Shared Agents with the primary objective of accelerating financial inclusion in Nigeria. She was kind enough to take me out for a belated birthday meal.

 

As I entered the restaurant located on Karimu Kotun street, I noticed t

Uche Uzeobo

hat the restaurant had a very simple layout and a rule of thumb for me is that restaurants with simple décor and layouts are usually the restaurants with the best food. I was greeted by a friendly waiter who seated me and right over a menu. It was a Tuesday evening so the restaurant was quiet yet still felt very intimate. Apart from myself and Uche, there was one other couple in the restaurant.

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I ordered some juice as I waited for my guest to arrive. I knew I was going to have steak as my main meal and decided to have the bacon-wrapped chicken as my starter. The bacon-wrapped chicken seemed appetizing and each bite was simply mouth-watering. A must try! My steak of choice was the 350 g Ribeye steak with mashed potatoes. I asked for it to be cooked medium and the waiter suggested I had it medium-well so I went with his recommendation.  The steak is most definitely one of the best steaks I have had in Lagos. It was perfectly tender and tasty and the sauce that came with it was a perfect blend. Easily some of the very best steak I’ve ever had. I could taste the flavour of the meat more in the strip loin. This is the kind of meal that genuinely made me happy. Exactly what a birthday meal should be like. My guest had the burger which she also liked and found the meat to be tender, the spices were just right and to be exactly what she needed. In terms of the ambience of this restaurant is definitely more on the quiet side, definitely a place for a more sophisticated older crowd that enjoys fine dining, a quiet intimate atmosphere.

Talindo Steak House is notable for its fine dining experience which makes for an intimate setting. There is also an impressive, collection of fine wine for those interested. I find the restaurant is perfect for a romantic date or an evening with a significant other.

The atmosphere calls for very intimate conversation, quiet surroundings and a sophisticated good time. I would recommend this place for a special dinner with a loved one or a quiet business meeting.

Rating 4.5/5

Price- 4

Flavour -5

Service -4

Portion size -5

Ambiance -3.5

Total N25,000 

Bacon-wrapped chicken N4,500

Steak -N14,000

Mashed potatoes- N2,000

Burger- N5,500

 

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